If you’re looking for that quintessential old-school vibe, look no further than ‘Vocabulary Spills’, a new taste of De La Soul’s upcoming mixtape ‘Smell The D.A.I.S.Y’ featuring beats produced by the late J Dilla.
The hip-hop trio acknowledge other legends in this track, sampling Nas’ ‘It Ain’t Hard To Tell’ whilst referring to Mos Def (‘Understand the microphone, mathematics’), all over Dilla’s funky bass. This is hip-hop that can’t be faulted or bettered, no unnecessary bravado or ego, just pure lyricism and musical knowledge. That smooth groove and a capella outro demonstrates that De La are still in peak shape for their future EP and LP releases this year.
– Isa Jaward